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Syrah (mainly 1981-82) from stony clay soils on Les Pontaix at Crozes-Hermitage, whole bunch fermentation, 2 week vinification, twice daily pumping overs, aged 75% used (up to 60 yrs) 600-litre oak casks, 25% used 228-litre oak casks 12 months, fined, filtered, 3-4,000 b

2018

(casks) dark red colour; the bouquet has a savoury nature, cooked fruits, plums in the picture. You feel it’s almost at full stretch now, already. The palate bears thickly fruited content with tannins of some size and chunkiness in behind. It’s in a raw state for now, needs two to three years. There is a sense of power on the aftertaste, which is persistent, thorough, bold. There is plenty here. From 2022-23. 2034-36 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(casks) dark red colour; the nose is restrained, has a murmur of black cherry fruit, with blue fruit, licorice and some tar present. The palate coasts along on its cherry fruit, holds ripe tannins that are mildly infused. This gives an easy drinking, light, likeable Crozes with enough juice to entertain, is up for grills, stews. 12.5°. 2022-23 Dec 2018

2016 ()

clear red robe. Plum fruit shows in a discreetly aromatic nose, mild raspberry fruit, cooked plum, a hint of peony. It’s not really out. There is iodine, tang, in the palate’s red fruit, with soft gras released just a bit. This has a frame to grow into; it delivers a gradual gain in depth, on the QT. It’s a little rigorous for now, so wait until mid-2020, and decant it. It has integrity. 12.5°. Bottled March 2018. 2032-34 Dec 2018

2015 ()

(casks) dark red; the nose has a cool aroma led by blackberry, licorice, is quite wide, also shows some oak, nutshells. The palate gives black berry fruits with freshness and a keen set of crisp tannins, the aftertaste bringing in spearmint, a ping from that. This is still in a rocky phase, as if it came from the northern sector and its granite (tasted blind). It is authentic, and needs leaving until late 2018. I like the clarity of its blue fruit, is a real winner. STGT wine, truth in the glass. 12.5°. 3,500 b. €6.80 export. 2025-27 Oct 2016

2012 ()

fair red robe. Has a charming nose with flowers, plum fruit, displays good local truth. This is very correct traditional Crozes-Hermitage, offers a genuine show of red berry fruit, absolutely typical of this terroir, with tender gras at its heart, and fine tannins. STGT wine of delicate detail. 12.5°. €11.50. To 2018  Dec 2015

 

2010 ()

plum red robe. Dark berry fruit, pine and smoke airs, the pine a little accentuated, an air of bacon. The palate is grippy, grainy, vegetal from its vinifcation. It dries early, isn’t an ensemble, especially the finish, which grates. 12.5°. To 2017  Dec 2013

2007 ()

mauve tints in the red colour; red cherry aroma, soft, baked and soaked fruits. Mild red fruit on the palate, is ready now. A traditional Syrah with some scenting in it, the end tannin is little dry. 2012-13 Dec 2009

2006 No Rating

fair red; earthy, reductive nose; Brett, downhome, yeasty nose, while the palate is very dry, not the dish. Dec 2008

2005 No Rating

darker, more black than La Rochette. Round shape to the nose, but the black fruit is oxidative. Curling, dry finish after some black berry on the palate. No. Dec 2007

2004

gummy fruit aroma, with some smoke, licorice and white pepper – is deeper than La Rochette. The palate has a pebbly, local feeling, and rather typically for northern Crozes out pops some strawberry in the flavour late on, a light jam implication. This is not especially full, and comes in the vintage style. Best with food such as lamb chops. 2011 Dec 2006

2003 ()

prune, violet aroma, mineral glint. Refined black fruit, cool finale. Restrained, stylish future ahead. Tannins have the right bite. 2007 on. 2015-17

2000 ()

fair, even fruit nose; quiet stewed fruit, jam. Simple, touch sweet, red fruits, Gervans style. Some end grip. 2008-09